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companion ladder

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noun Nautical.
  1. an inboard ladder or stair, as in a companionway.
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Origin of companion ladder

First recorded in 1820–30
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Historical Examples

  • Half-way down the companion-ladder he opened his eyes with a look of despair.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • At the foot of the companion-ladder, I stumbled over something.

  • But how raw and chill it felt as I went up the companion-ladder.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

    The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • She had moved towards the companion-ladder, and as she did so, Major Biffin followed her.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • The companion-ladder on ship-board is a product of folk-etymology.